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Google Person Finder aids Turkey earthquake rescue efforts

Google has deployed its Person Finder tool to aid in the Turkey earthquake rescue effort.

Google Person Finder Turkey Earthquake
Google Person Finder Turkey Earthquake

Google has deployed a new version of its Person Finder to help those searching for loved ones in the wake of Sunday's devastating earthquake in eastern Turkey. The tool is a crowd-sourced missing persons database, allowing users to both search for and post information on the status of friends and family. First introduced in response to the 2010 earthquake that hit Haiti, it has been activated for several disasters since, with over 600,000 records entered into the system after the tsunami in Japan earlier this year. Available in both English and Turkish, the new Person Finder currently has just under four thousand records, but should be a growing resource as rescue efforts move forward.